Richard Hanus – Immigration Lawyer

Since 1990, Richard Hanus has dedicated his practice to helping unravel the complexities of immigration law for individuals and businesses.  Immigration laws continue to change, particularly in today’s environment, with new agencies and new requirements emerging all the time.  Whether you are an individual seeking status in the U.S., or are a business looking to employ foreign national workers, Mr. Hanus can help by drawing on his years of expertise and specialized knowledge.

  • Immigration & Naturalization Law
  • Removal/Deportation Defense
  • Naturalization & Citizenship
  • Asylum
  • Visas
  • Co-Chair American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) – Chicago Chapter’s Liaison Committee with DHS/Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Chicago Field Office; Co-Chair of AILA Chicago Chapter’s Liaison Committee with Illinois Secretary of State Office’s Department of Motor Vehicles, Past Co-Chair of Pro Bono/Chicago Volunteer Legal Services/AILA Clinic;  Richard Hanus is also a lecturer on immigration law issues and developments for continuing legal/professional education programs presented by American Immigration Law Association, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and National Association of Social Workers.
  • Decalogue Society, Chicago Member
  • Richard Hanus petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge a removal order entered against his client after she was misled by a DMV official into registering to vote and then voting in a federal election.   The petition sought clarification of  National Voter Registration Act provisions which appear to mandate DMV solicitation of voter registration of even ineligible voters and at the same time forbid officials from discouraging registration of ineligible voters. 
  • Richard Hanus argued a Petition for Review before the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, seeking to overturn entry of a removal order against his lawful permanent resident client who was improperly solicited and approved to vote by a DMV official pursuant to mandate of the National Voter Registration Act.  See  Fitzpatrick v. Sessions, 847 F.3d 913 (7th Cir. 2017).          National media coverage 1    National media coverage 2
  • Richard Hanus successfully argued a Petition for Review before the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, with petitioner’s removal proceedings being halted, and her case for a green card being given new life. (Green card application originally denied and case sent to removal proceedings because client had been lured into registering to vote and voting by DMV officials).  See  Keathley v. Holder, 696 F.3d 644 (7th Cir. 2012),          International media coverage   National media coverage 1      National media coverage 2

Our Approach to Immigration Law

We assist individuals and businesses in the U.S. and abroad to achieve their goals in an efficient manner and provide responsive counsel throughout all steps in the process. In providing the highest quality representation in all U.S. immigration related matters, we strive to serve our clients with creativity, sensitivity and diligence, three qualities that are essential when dealing with immigration law issues. To better serve your personal needs, we speak English, Spanish, Polish, Hebrew, Russian, Tagalog and Lithuanian.


We keep current with an ever-changing landscape of statutes, regulations, case law and policy in order to find solutions to the vast array of issues our clients present. With this solid foundation, we focus our efforts toward creatively tapping into this complex bank of information, devising the best approach to a client’s particular set of circumstances.


Having represented clients in immigration-related matters for almost two decades, we are sensitive to the type of service an immigration law client needs and have the experience and insight to help clients achieve the result they are seeking. Whether you represent a corporation seeking to staff its newly established U.S. branch with key overseas personnel, or you are an individual seeking to remain united with family members in the U.S., we are familiar with the wide variety of concerns (legal and otherwise) that you face. We are sensitive to these issues and will exercise judgment that best suits the client’s needs.


Monitoring the progress of a client’s case and keeping you informed as to important developments are two key functions of any firm. By diligently carrying out these roles, we help ensure the fastest processing of our clients’ cases while at the same time, heighten awareness and increase confidence in the processes at issue. Our firm handles all aspects of immigration filing and case preparation, including:

  • preparing and compiling documentation according to specific USCIS (formerly INS,) Department of Labor and other governmental agency guidelines for the most efficient processing possible,
  • providing detailed instructions for clients regarding supporting documentation needed for filings,
  • walking through the filing process with all clients, making sure you are well informed at every step,
  • offering realistic and accurate time frame estimates for various types of filings and
  • handling all interactions with USCIS officers and other government agency personnel.

Richard Hanus In the Media

All Media Mentions
  • Richard Hanus’s role litigating his client’s deportation defense up through the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit and as depicted in the off Broadway play, The Courtroom, was featured on Good Day Chicago, Fox 32, on November 7, 2019. See also the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s November 4, 2019 coverage along with the WJBC radio interview with Richard Hanus and his clients.

  • Richard Hanus is featured in Politico for his role successfully fighting his client’s deportation case up through the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, a case that became the basis of the current Off Broadway stage production, The Courtroom. (October 16, 2019)

  • Richard Hanus has been chosen as a 2019 “Super Lawyer” in the field of Immigration Law by Super Lawyer Magazine for attaining the highest level of professional achievement and peer recognition (previously selected in 2007-2008, 2014-2018).   Super Lawyer Magazine, a publication of Thomson Reuters, recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in their respective fields with the Super Lawyer award – representing the culmination of a patented, multi phase selection process combining 12 indicators of achievement, peer evaluation and independent research data .    For more on Richard Hanus’ 2019 selection as a Super Lawyer in the field of Immigration Law click here.

  • Richard Hanus quoted in an article by Sam Thielman, “Why Was Bill Browder Blocked From Flying to the U.S.? It’s Complicated” featuring Hanus’ discussion of the ESTA Visa Waiver program and the type of irregularities leading to the revocation of a foreign national’s ESTA travel privileges, published by Talking Points Memo (October 23, 2017).
  • Super Lawyer Magazine has once again chosen Richard Hanus as a Super Lawyer in the field of Immigration Law for 2018 (previously selected in 2007-2008, 2014-2017).  Each year Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication of Thomson Reuters, carries out a multi-dimensional evaluation process, combining independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  The process culminates with only the top 5% of attorneys in their respective fields being recognized and honored for attaining the highest level of professional achievement and peer recognition.     For more on Richard Hanus’ 2018 selection as a Super Lawyer click here.

  • Richard Hanus featured in NBC Nightly News report (August 5, 2017) “Grandmother Deported for Voter Fraud Leaves the U.S. in Tears” featuring Hanus’ client and her fight to remain in the U.S., including an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Richard Hanus featured in NBC Nightly News report (April 15, 2017) and quoted in a Reuters article (February 13, 2017), “Peruvian Woman Can Be Deported from U.S. for Voting Illegally: Court” featuring Hanus’ client and her battle to remain in the U.S. after being lured into registering to vote and voting by DMV officials in Illinois. The story was also featured on Telemundo and NBC 5 Chicago News.

  • Richard Hanus is featured in the March, 2016 Chicago Volunteer Legal Services newsletter, for providing successful pro bono counsel on behalf of Client F., a long time U.S. resident who finally achieved her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen after a 9 year legal battle and a recent victory on appeal.

  • Richard Hanus quoted in an article by Marwa Eltagouri, “Immigrant Who Wrongly Voted Wins Right To Stay,” featuring Hanus’ client and her final victory after a 7 year legal battle to obtain U.S. resident status (“Green Card”) and fight off deportation, published by the Chicago Tribune (July 5, 2014).

  • Richard Hanus quoted in an article by Maria Zamudio “Illegal Voting Case Puts Family’s Future in Limbo”, featuring Hanus’ client and her federal court fight to remain in the U.S., published by Chicago Reporter (February 21, 2014)

  • Richard Hanus recognized in Philippines Daily Mirror article by Joseph Lariosa “EOIR Cites Filiipina’s Voting Case as Precedent” as attorney for prevailing party in fight with U.S. Department of Homeland Security and for his role in establishing legal precedent for defense of removal proceedings (October 12, 2013).

  • Richard Hanus authored a Wall Street Journal “Cross Country” Op Ed piece entitled, “How This Immigration Lawyer Learned to Love Voter I.D.” Published by the Wall Street Journal on May 4-5, 2013.

  • Richard Hanus urges Congress to repeal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 212(a)(9)(B) – November 27, 2010.

  • Richard Hanus quoted in article by Shannon Mehner and Brianna McClane “Exploited Immigrants, Unaware of Labor Laws, Afraid to Fight Mistreatment”, published by Medill News Service (May 20, 2010).

  • Richard Hanus quoted in article by Lori Bernardino, “Undocumented and unafraid? Opposite is true for some Filipino immigrants.” published by Medill News Service (April 14, 2010).

  • Sponsor of National Immigrant Justice Center’s 2008 Midwest Light of Human Rights Award

  • Richard Hanus quoted in article and television feature by Nishi Gupta, “Immigrant May Lose Chance at Citizenship” published by WHOI-19 Television, Peoria, IL (December 6, 2007).

  • Richard Hanus quoted in article by Antonio Olivo, “Citizenship in Sight, But Then She Voted,” published by Chicago Tribune (December 3, 2007). The story also appeared on GMA News.

  • Richard Hanus quoted in “The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers”, a book authored by Jane Guskin and David Wilson and published by NYU Press (April 1, 2007).

  • Richard Hanus quoted in radio feature “Why Didn’t She Win the Car?”, broadcast on St. Louis’ KMOX 1120 on January 26, 2007.

  • Richard Hanus quoted in article and television feature by Courtney Brennan, “The Aftermath of the Immigration Sweep” aired and published by WQAD Television, Quad Cities/Moline, IL (November 16, 2006).

  • Richard Hanus was interviewed for an episode of FRONTLINE/WORLD which aired on PBS Click to Play

  • Richard Hanus quoted in article by Jennifer Koons, “Reaction: Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon/Bustillo v. Johnson,” published by Medill News Service (July 6, 2006).

  • Richard Hanus quoted in Associated Press article by Alan Scher Zagier, “Mid-Missourians join fight over deportation,” published by Columbia Daily Tribune. (October 2, 2005).

  • Richard Hanus quoted in “Foreign Workers:  Everything You Need to Know about Employing Foreign Workers”, a book authored by Joyce B. Gentry and Kathleen Kennedy-Luczak and published by CCH Incorporated (2004).

Original insights & analysis of current immigration law issues by R. Hanus, Immigration Law Columnist: Richard’s Blog, 1999 – present

Lectures, Speaking Engagements and Community Involvement

  • Richard Hanus recently appeared on the popular Scott Becker Business Leadership Podcast, discussing a myriad of topics such as practicing immigration law in the Trump era, starting his own law firm and deciding on a professional path.

  • Richard Hanus discussed current U.S. immigration law issues and policies during a panel discussion at the New York City Bar Association following the May 6, 2019 performance of The Courtroom – sponsored by the Forum on Law, Culture and Society as part of their Law and Conversation program series.